Bill Walton. Photo Credit: Sports Video Daily
Bill Walton was one of the best all-around centers to play college basketball with the combination of his skilled offense and intimidating defense. In the 1972 and 1973 seasons, Walton spearheaded two teams that went a combined 60-0, winning the NCAA Championship in both years with an average scoring margin of 30 points.
Walton was showered in awards as a collegiate athlete, including:
-Naismith College Player of the Year (1972-74)
-USBWA College Player of the Year (1972-74)
-First Team All-American (1972-74)
-Most Outstanding Player in NCAA Tournament (1972, 1973)
His all-time UCLA achievements include:
-Most career rebounds: 1,370 (15.7 avg.)
-Second-highest field goal percentage: .651
-Third-highest career scoring average: 20.3
-Most rebounds in a season: 506
Walton had 27 rebounds in one game twice. His No. 32 was retired at UCLA in 1990.
Trivia: Walton earned Academic All-American honors in all three of his varsity seasons at UCLA (1972, 1973, 1974).